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RE: Any solutions for under-arm stains? (Follow-Up #19)

posted by: hiker56 on 07.04.2006 at 03:21 pm in Laundry Room Forum

I used to have a major problems with T-shirts with yellow stains on the underarms. I tried all sorts of detergents and stain removers. Nothing worked. Then I changed deodorants and that stopped the problem. I did not use any fancy deodorants, just different brands from the local Walgreens drug store. My old stained T-shirts are now used for gardening or as rags.


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RE: Any solutions for under-arm stains? (Follow-Up #17)

posted by: dross on 06.23.2006 at 09:11 pm in Laundry Room Forum

The usual things to try (in no particular order) are (a) different detergents; (b) different temperatures, (c) profile wash with an enzymatic detergent, if your machine allows this; (d) pretreating with an appropriate bar soap, like Fels Naptha or Colgate Octagon, (e) additive like lestoil or similar, (f) wash or presoak in ammonia. Obviously, you want to stick with the solution that (i) works, and (ii) doesn't damage the clothing. If it is a bacteriological odor, (c) and (e) are likely to be most effective. If from the deodorant itself, (d) and (f) are the solutions I'd try first. - DR


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RE: Any solutions for under-arm stains? (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: karmicrevival on 09.20.2005 at 11:00 pm in Laundry Room Forum

white vinegar should remove the underarm stains (it even works on stains set in on vinatge clothing)... if the shirts are yellowed already you'll need to blot the stains out (put a colorfast towel under and blot with the white vinegar)


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RE: Any solutions for under-arm stains? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: cmc_97 on 09.20.2005 at 06:35 pm in Laundry Room Forum

In a previous thread about this subject (long rolled off this list), various remedies were suggested. A couple of suggestions were mentioned several times

Soak the area in distilled white vinegar or lemon juice; the acids are supposed to break down the antiperspirant salts. Rub the area with liquid detergent, then wash in hot water with an oxygen bleach

Or, use more or less the same procedure with ammonia (for fresh stains?) instead of vinegar.

There is a difference between deodorant stains and perspiration stains. Google "underarm stains" and you'll discover various "recipes" that may work for you.

A preventative measure that is often mentioned is to let your deodorant dry completely before you put on the shirt.

Googling is so much fun. Apparently there is a line of specialty t-shirts and camisoles that prevent sweat from ever reaching your clothes, without bulky underarm shields. What will they think of next?


Here is a link that might be useful: Specialty undershirts and camisoles


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RE: Any solutions for under-arm stains? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: jgarner53 on 09.20.2005 at 06:15 pm in Laundry Room Forum

I've had success with soaking whites in hot water with Oxyclean for several hours, then washing as usual (usually with more Oxyclean, along with detergent).


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RE: Any solutions for under-arm stains? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: robert_in_dc on 09.20.2005 at 11:43 am in Laundry Room Forum

Oxyclean and HOT water will keep your whites white. I have a Bosch Axxis 2460 washer and I use the 160 degree setting for whites. It's so good I rescued old yellow t-shirts out of my rag pile and after a couple of washes got them wearable again.


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RE: Stain help please! (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: lmn6 on 01.24.2007 at 06:21 pm in Laundry Room Forum

I also have good luck with Folex - a carpet stian remover. It got rust out of my ivory carpet and has gotten set-in stains out of misrepresented ebay items!


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RE: Stain help please! (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: weedly on 01.24.2007 at 01:30 pm in Laundry Room Forum

There is a product that you can buy from Lowe's or Home Depot called Gonzo, it is in a white bottle with a red cap and has a genie on the logo.

Gonzo is odorless and I don't know what they put in that stuff, but it will remove most any stain (follow directions on the bottle).

You can save Gonzo for a last-ditch effort if nothing else works.

Here is a link that might be useful: Here's the Gonzo corp website.


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RE: Stain help please! (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: latsabre on 01.23.2007 at 05:07 pm in Laundry Room Forum

The Spray N Wash stain stick works GREAT. You can treat a stain and leave it for a week. I'd try using mild hand soap and COLD water first, then treat it with the stick and wash it in cold water with the oxygen bleach. That usually works for me.


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RE: Stain help please! (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: cleanperformance on 01.22.2007 at 12:53 am in Laundry Room Forum

I am a professional actor and have had many things stained with makeup. A Costumer suggested I use spray n wash AEROSOL for makeup stains. Its always worked for me over the years.
if it doesn't come out, DO NOT let the garmet dry with the stain still on it.
I might also try soaking it in oxygen bleach after pre treating. If all else fails it is a white shirt and you could soak it in a chlorine bleach solution for about 15 min and then rewash.

Best of Luck.


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RE: LOOKING for: Pesto~ (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: roselin32 on 07.28.2006 at 05:16 pm in Recipe Exchange Forum

I used 2c cilantro, 1 clove garlic, 1/4c toasted almonds, 1tsp lime zest, 1/4 c olive oil and 1/2 c Parmesan cheese.
That one is from Sunset and Julia Della Croce is the author of "Italy". I seem to have a plethora of Italian cookbooks.


Cilantro pesto
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RE: Front Load Washer/Dryer (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: mustangs on 06.15.2006 at 01:10 pm in Cooking Forum

Sherry, to answer your question:

Advantages of a front loader:

1) Capacity: There is no central agitator, so the front loader is able to handle more of a load for a given drum volume than a top loader with agitator.

2) Gentle cleaning: A central agitator tends to beat the fabrics, sometimes harshly with tearing. A front loader's action is more gentle. A front loader tumbles the wash in a pool of water, rather than swishing it back and forth in a tub of water.

3) Better cleaning: Most people feel that front loaders clean better than top loaders. This may be due to the reduced water volume and more concentrated detergent solution, as well as longer wash times and higher temperatures. The tumbling action, while more gentle than a top loader agitator, may result in a more thorough wash action on all of the load, versus poor turnover in a fully loaded top loader. A front loader typically has several rinse cycles, versus just one for most top loaders. Despite the reduced water volume, these multiple rinses generally result in better rinsing away of detergent.

Laundry cleaning is generally thought to be the product of three inputs of energy: Thermal energy (hot water), mechanical energy (agitation or tumbling), and chemical energy (detergent mixtures). A front loader can result in more even cleaning of full loads, and can maximize washing efficiency more easily and economically than a top loader, by heating a smaller amount of wash water for more thermal energy, extending the wash cycle time for more mechanical energy, and concentrating the detergent for more chemical energy.

4) Energy and water efficiency: Because a front loader uses about 1/4 the amount of water for the wash cycle, it uses less water, and requires less energy to heat that water. Overall, including the rinses, a front loader will use 1/2 or less as much water and energy as a top loader of the same capacity. Additionally, most front loaders feature substantially faster spin speeds than most top loaders. This means that more water is extracted from the laundry before it is put into the dryer. This in turn reduces drying times for further energy savings.

5) Better temperature control: Many front loaders feature internal water heaters to boost or maintain hot water temperatures. Contrary to popular opinion, hot water is the best for cleaning efficiency. Without a water heater, a front loader may lose about 1 degree F per minute. Because the front loader uses 1/4 the amount of wash water as a top loader, it is possible to include an internal water heater to boost or maintain the wash water temperature for the length of the wash cycle.

6) Reduced detergent consumption: Front loaders generally require less detergent than top loaders. This is simply because there is less wash water to dilute the detergent. Offsetting this is the need for low sudsing or "HE" (High Efficiency) detergents. Fractional amounts of regular detergents can be used, at the risk of over-sudsing and reduced cleaning efficiency.


Possible drawbacks of front loaders:

1) Habit: Many American consumers are not used to front loaders. They are used to top loaders.

2) Time: A front loader will generally take longer to complete a cycle, due to the longer wash time and the multiple rinses. This may be offset by the increased capacity of machines such as the Neptune, or the HE3t/Duet, and the reduced drying time that a fast front loader spin speed will enable.

3) Fear of flooding: Many people may remember older front loaders that leaked through their doors. This problem seems to have been eliminated in standard front loaders, with better seals and door locks. Other machines, like the Neptune and HE3t/Duet, resolve the issue by tilting the tub backward, so that the water level never gets above the bottom of the door. These designs also use clever water traps to prevent water that splashes on the door from leaking out. Any washer can flood from a number of causes.

4) Locked door: Many consumers are used to being able to open the door and add more laundry after the cycle has started. Most if not all modern front loaders have door locks to prevent water from splashing or flowing out once the wash cycle has begun. Tilted tub designs like the Neptune may allow one to add more garments by pausing the wash cycle and waiting for the door to unlock.

5) HE Detergent: As previously mentioned, it is generally best to use a low-sudsing or HE detergent in a front loader. This is because the tumbling action of a front loader, coupled with its reduced water level, tends to whip the wash water into a foam more readily than a top loader will. Excess suds will cushion the load and reduce mechanical wash action, and in severe oversudsing, may even cause other problems, such as leaking out of the washer orifices or intefering with spins. Low sudsing or HE detergents have surfactants that do not create as much suds. Consumers may find they can use reduced amount of regular detergents for lightly soiled loads, but for heavily soiled loads these reduced amounts may not include enough of other detergent components, such as "builders", to result in adequate washing. Fortunately a number of good quality HE detergents are generally available throughout the country at supermarkets and other outlets, and there are low sudsing low cost detergents available at many discount and bulk food shops.

6) Loading position: Some people feel that their back conditions will not allow them to load/unload a front loader as easily as a top loader. This tends to gloss over the fact that most dryers require bending over to load and unload. In any case, some manufacturers have addressed this concern with riser platforms that raise the door level of the front loader to a more convenient height. Machines like the HE3t and Neptune also feature larger doors and a tilted tub to provide for easier access.



A front loading washer is generally more energy and water efficient than a traditional top loader. It can deliver better cleaning results as well, with less wear and tear on fabrics. Although a front loader may cost more than a top loader of the same capacity, it may pay for itself in water and energy savings over time, in addition to rebates from water and power utilities that are often available. Additionally, a large front loader will better be able to wash large, bulky items such as comforters than traditional top loaders of same capacity.

Disclaimer: I cut and pasted the above from the LR Forum FAQ.-Cathy

P.S. Let me add to the advantages stated above that I haven't bought detergent in 18 months as I don't use more that a tablespoon per load and only a teaspoon of fabric softner per load.


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